On the big screen everything looks majestic, grand, out of this world. add some popcorn and you have your escapism shot.
Chuck Palhaniuk is constantly trying to wake people up, or at least force them to admit the games they are playing and what are the rules we all obey to, and in his writing manages to pass this idea in a spine chilling urban dark brilliance
You cant sell news stories that have data and cautious predictions. Where is the panic? Where is the impending doom? C'mon people , give me something to work with here…
Fight club is one of those 'wake up' movies trying to shake you out of your illusion of relative comfort, trying to open your eyes with whatever means possible. It is the violent brother of films such as the matrix, targeting anger in the more active part of society, while the matrix was aimed more at the glowing screen gazers of the world.
This is your life and it's ending one minute at a time. "
Chuck Palhaniuk is constantly trying to wake people up, or at least force them to admit the games they are playing and what are the rules we all obey to, and in his writing manages to pass this idea in a spine chilling urban dark brilliance. Fight club the movie manages to bring that same energy to the screen which is a manifestation of not only integrity but of amazing craftsmanship. A faithful fruit of the twisted Johnny apple-seed writers mind.
Fuck off with your sofa units and strine green stripe patterns, I say never be complete, I say stop being perfect, I say let... lets evolve, let the chips fall where they may. "
I can't really say Fight club changed my life but it was a confirmation of not being the only crazy one out there, which is nice. On the other hand I can definitely see how it would change someone's life, a younger more impressionable person, just in the right point in his life . Yes, I can definitely see that.
Listen up, maggots. You are not special. You are not a beautiful or unique snowflake. You're the same decaying organic matter as everything else."
A question I have asked myself many times is whether fight club would have been the huge success it is, without Brad Pitt in the main role. Against everything I believe in I have to say that no, without Brad Pitt it wouldn’t have worked. It would still probably have been a great b-movie, a thinkster for moody teenagers and over cerebral college students, but not the mainstream hit it was.
My God. I haven't been fucked like that since grade school."
My favorite scene in the movie is the one where Pitt scares the convenience store worker into going back to school and reviving his dream to be a veterinarian, a scene that for me symbolizes the world most of us live in, a world where you need somebody to point a gun to your head just to take you out of your not-so-comfort zone, where you need to be scared not half to death but half to life. It is a public service, a crusade.
And then, something happened. I let go. Lost in oblivion. Dark and silent and complete. I found freedom. Losing all hope was freedom."
Fight club might look like a violent movie, and it is, but in the end of the day, there is not even one punch, one drop of blood that is not justified. Well, not exactly justified, but relevant, vital to the story, to the idea, to the crusade.
The combination of Brad Pitt and Edward Norton is the closest Hollywood can get to the doctor Jekyll and mister Hyde team, if we forget for a minute their doctor Jekyll is a cinema heartthrob in his own right, but we forgive that American plastic syndrome just because they are both doing such a marvelous job playing their corresponding parts.
God Damn! We just had a near-life experience, fellas. "
Norton is playing the perfect loser, the tormented, the lost, the eternal victim of that horrible disease called modern life, and he is positioned in that place where we all find ourselves in sooner or later, stuck. But there is hope, for there comes the solution, the answer, the savior, that very personal savior. And he is so much more fun than this Jesus character.
As for Brad Pitt, he was once quoted as saying : "I am the kind of person you hate because of genetics." Which is not only true but also quite deep for someone who is supposed to be the 'pretty boy' of Hollywood, and it is roles like this, playing the madman, and playing it good, which makes it hard for me to hate him , no matter how pretty and perfectly perfect he is…